The Groveport Police Department is urging residents to beware of a tree removal scam that has recently plagued other parts of Franklin County.
"The people operating this tree removal scam are going door-to-door and giving homeowners’ quotes to remove trees from their yard," said Groveport Police Sgt. Brian Thompson. "Then they ask for the money up front, as much as half, in cash or by check. This is an immediate red flag. They shouldn’t be asking for money up front. Once they get your money they take off and don’t come back."
Thompson said the tree removal scammers have not yet been spotted in Groveport, Madison Township or Canal Winchester, but he said residents should be on the alert for them.
"These scammers jump from town to town," said Thompson. "They especially tend to come out after a big storm and high winds have damaged trees."
Thompson said residents should always ask to see a police approved permit when someone comes to the door offering a product or service.
"If they don’t have an approved permit, you should notify the police," said Thompson.
Thompson said other ways to check the legitimacy of a door-to-door sales person is to check the Better Business Bureau listings as well as the Ohio Secretary of State’s business listings.
"Above all," said Thompson. "If something doesn’t feel right, don’t do business with them until you check it out."
For information contact the Groveport Police at 830-2060, 836-5301 or 462-3333; the Madison Township Police at 836-5355; or the Fairfield County Sheriff at 837-2499.